Ranking Every Offensive Coordinator in the NFL Today

Old AccountSenior Writer IJune 15, 2013

Ranking Every Offensive Coordinator in the NFL Today

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    As NFL coaches continue to face pressure from their respective franchises, the creative minds of offensive coordinators are making a difference in today's league. Offense continues to be predicated on the success of quarterbacks, and the expectations for today's offensive coordinators is as high as ever.

    That has led to a unprecedented 12 new play-callers in 2013.

    How do these men compare against some of the brighter young coaches in the game? Here is a ranking of every offensive coordinator in the game.

32. New York Jets: Marty Mornhinweg

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    Marty Mornhinweg may have plenty of experience as a coordinator in the NFL, but he isn't excused from his inability to effectively use talent.

    Last year's debacle in Philadelphia was due in large part to the circus on offense, one in which Michael Vick was given a big role and blew every chance to take advantage of the opportunity. The lack of production that LeSean McCoy had the last few years is not only an indictment on Andy Reid, but also a coach such as Mornhinweg, who had plenty of control with the offense.

    Now, he has landed with the Jets, where both the quarterback and surrounding talent will be significantly worse than what he has dealt with in the past.

30 and 31. Cardinals' Harold Goodwin and Jaguars' Jedd Fisch

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    Neither of these young coordinators can receive much evaluation because both lack experience as coordinators in the NFL.

    That said, the two have a similarity, as they were both brought in to their respective positions by former colleagues. Harold Goodwin joins Bruce Arians in Arizona after serving as the Colts offensive line coach. Meanwhile, Jedd Fisch worked with Gus Bradley in Seattle back in 2010 before taking the Miami Hurricanes offensive coordinator job for one season.

29. Kansas City Chiefs: Doug Pederson

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    A former assistant for Andy Reid in Philadelphia, Doug Pederson has received his first opportunity as an offensive coordinator in the NFL.

    With a lack of experience calling plays, it's hard to judge how much influence he will have, with Reid having control over the play selection throughout the game.

    Nonetheless, many current head coaches started as assistants under Reid. Pederson could very well become the next guy to move up the ladder.

28. Denver Broncos: Adam Gase

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    Adam Gase takes the reins as offensive coordinator with Mike McCoy's departure to San Diego. There isn't much to view when it comes to Gase due to his lack of experience.

    That could change very quickly, however, as he will have the chance to work with one of the more talented offenses in the league, led by future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning.

27. Oakland Raiders: Greg Olsen

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    The Oakland Raiders are still struggling to find their identity in 2013. Many positions within the front office and the coaching staff cannot be guaranteed after this season.

    Last season, the offense struggled under Greg Knapp, who took the job when Dennis Allen became head coach. The results were not promising, as Carson Palmer was not effective in the Raiders' current system.

    Will Matt Flynn find more success this coming season? That may need to be the case for Olsen to have this job following this season.

26. Minnesota Vikings: Bill Musgrave

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    Though the Minnesota Vikings appeared in the postseason last season, the lack of faith in offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave continues to be a question mark surrounding this young offense.

    Adrian Peterson's dominant performance last season hides the lack of development from Christian Ponder outside of the last game of the season against the Packers.

    With an improvement in offensive talent for Ponder, it remains to be seen how far this offense can go as long as Musgrave runs the show.

25. Tennessee Titans: Dowell Loggains

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    Dowell Loggains will be among the many members of the Titans coaching staff to be on the hot seat this season. The lack of improvement in Jack Locker's development is a major concern in Tennessee, as is the decreasing production of running back Chris Johnson.

    A lot of questions remain unanswered heading into the season. Whether or not Loggains will still hold his current position beyond this season is one of them.

24. Carolina Panthers: Mike Shula

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    Mike Shula continues to bounce around the football ranks, from NFL offensive coordinator to college head coach and ultimately back to the NFL as a quarterbacks coach.

    He now takes the reins as offensive coordinator of the Panthers, looking to continue building a working relationship with Cam Newton as he further develops into a quarterback.

    Shula has not stood out as a brilliant offensive mind in the past, which leaves concern regarding his effectiveness with a young quarterback in 2013.

23. Buffalo Bills: Nathaniel Hackett

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    Nathaniel Hackett is one of the younger coaches in the league at age 33. Based on his one season as offensive coordinator at Syracuse, he has the potential to be an effective play-caller in Buffalo.

    After covering him in his one season as offensive coordinator at Syracuse, it's clear that Hackett brings a prototypical pro-style offense that also includes phases of other offenses across the league.

    His development of Ryan Nassib proved to pay off dividends, as the Orange finished with eight wins and nearly brought the program to a BCS game.

    Hackett was also very effective with getting his running backs plenty of carries, which will bode well for CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson in Buffalo.

    Ultimately, he is undoubtedly the right man for the job.

22. Chicago Bears: Aaron Kromer

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    After multiple years on Sean Payton's staff, Aaron Kromer now takes the reins as offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears.

    Following a difficult tenure as interim head coach last season for the Saints, it remains to be seen how effective he can be as an offensive coordinator. Kromer was never given that opportunity in New Orleans outside of the interim position. He was the running backs and offensive line coach during his tenure with the team.

    What creativity will he be able to bring to Marc Trestman's staff?

21. Dallas Cowboys: Bill Callahan

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    Bill Callahan was a successful offensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders nearly a decade ago. Will his previous success translate to the rapidly changing league?

    It will be a challenge for Callahan to adapt to the variety of ways that offenses are orchestrated. With plenty of pressure facing the Cowboys organization in 2013, it would not be a surprise to see his tenure end after one season if no creativity is shown.

20. Indianapolis Colts: Pep Hamilton

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    Pep Hamilton is the most intriguing first-year offensive coordinator because of his variety of experience at both the collegiate and professional level.

    Hamilton directed Stanford's offense the last two years, and he now finds himself reunited with former Cardinal standout Andrew Luck.

    His ability to run an effective pro-style offense, one that fits the rough-and-tough style of head coach Chuck Pagano, makes Hamilton a coach who could continue to climb up the ranks in the NFL. 

19. St. Louis Rams: Brian Schottenheimer

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    In his time as an offensive coordinator in New York and now in St. Louis,  Brian Schottenheimer has not stood out in terms of his creativity and ability to motivate.

    He's now worked with two quarterbacks in Mark Sanchez and Sam Bradford. While Sanchez regressed in Schottenheimer's final year with the Jets, Bradford didn't show much improvement during their first year together.

    With the many additions on the Rams offense, the lack of a significant improvement could very well lead to Schottenheimer's departure after the season.

18. San Diego Chargers: Ken Whisenhunt

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    Ken Whisenhunt's departure as Cardinals head coach was due in large part to his inability to develop a quarterback. The disappointment of Kevin Kolb ultimately led to his demise.

    Now, how can Whisenhunt perform with a veteran quarterback in Philip Rivers, but a lack of surrounding talent on the offense?

    It remains to be seen, but I expect him to be an average play-caller, with rookie head coach Mike McCoy having plenty of responsibility as well.

17. Philadelphia Eagles: Pat Shurmur

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    Pat Shurmur joins Chip Kelly's staff after a short stint as head coach of the Browns. Shurmur has gained experience calling plays, which he had control of while in Cleveland and also as the offensive coordinator of the Rams.

    Thus far, he's proven to be an average coordinator. While he hasn't been one of the worst in the league, his offenses haven't exactly stood out in any way during his time in the NFL.

    Will that change now that he is a part of Kelly's staff in Philadelphia?

16. New York Giants: Kevin Gilbride

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    Kevin Gilbride has held the title of Giants offensive coordinator for quite some time, and he has built a strong relationship with Eli Manning in the process.

    But that doesn't excuse the lack of consistency with play-calling over the last four seasons.

    The question that was unanswered for quite some time was the lack of balance involving the Giants offense. Although Gilbride attempted to find that balance in 2012, the Giants ranked in the middle of the league in offense, which leads to his appropriate ranking on this list.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Todd Haley

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    Once regarded as one of the premiere offensive minds in the game, Todd Haley's recent past puts him among the middle of the pack when it comes to coordinators.

    After his struggles as a head coach in Kansas City, Haley was unable to create chemistry with Ben Roethlisberger, which was one of the many concerns from the Steelers' 8-8 campaign.

    Now, he finds himself in Pittsburgh for a second season and will look to build camaraderie with a future Hall of Fame quarterback looking for one more opportunity at a championship.

14. Miami Dolphins: Mike Sherman

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    Mike Sherman has not received much notoriety due to Miami ranking near the bottom of the league in offense. However, one must take into account the lack of talent surrounding Ryan Tannehill, a rookie quarterback who continues to develop into a passer.

    Credit should be given to Sherman for providing a big influence on Tannehill in his first season. With an improvement in receivers surrounding Tannehill, his development should continue with Sherman around.

13. Baltimore Ravens: Jim Caldwell

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    Jim Caldwell's influence on the Ravens offense has not received the credit that it deserves. 

    In one of the more dramatic moves late in the season, the promotion of Caldwell to offensive coordinator proved to be an addition that propelled Baltimore to its second championship. His ability to utilize Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce in the running game proved to be valuable on the road in Denver and New England.

    Meanwhile, Joe Flacco shined the brightest when Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta were utilized in the middle of the field.

    It took four games to change the perception of Caldwell, and another season of improvement will result in more praise for the former Indianapolis Colts coach.

12. Cincinnati Bengals: Jay Gruden

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    Over the last two seasons, Jay Gruden has managed to direct an offense surrounded by a majority of young players. Andy Dalton and AJ Green enter their third season as teammates and have already built a dynamic tandem under Gruden's watch.

    Although the success of the Bengals young stars hasn't led to the most consistent offense in football, the additions of Tyler Eifert and Giovanni Bernard will add another dimension to a developing offense in Cincinnati.

11. Green Bay Packers: Tom Clements

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    Tom Clements falls under the radar as an offensive coordinator due to his quiet, low-key personality. The fact that head coach Mike McCarthy calls many of the shots on offense also overshadows Clements' actual importance within the offense.

    After becoming the offensive coordinator in 2012, Clements helped ignite another successful season in the passing game, with Aaron Rodgers continuing his development as one of the elite quarterbacks in the game.

10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Sullivan

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    Mike Sullivan has taken full advantage of the opportunity to become an offensive coordinator following his days of helping to develop Eli Manning with the Giants.

    He arrived last year in Tampa Bay, and his game plan had an immediate impact on the Buccaneers.

    There weren't any problems when it came to scoring points on a weekly basis. The team ranked ninth in the league in yards per game, and the emergence of rookie running back Doug Martin provided hope for the future.

    The biggest challenge moving forward for Sullivan will be determining whether or not Josh Freeman can prove to be the franchise quarterback beyond 2013.

9. Seattle Seahawks: Darrell Bevell

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    Darren Bevell has emerged as a notable offensive coordinator over the past few years, but he finally became a household name in 2012 after playing a major role in the development of Russell Wilson.

    Bevell ran an effective offense that led to plenty of production from Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch.

    The addition of Percy Harvin, whom Bevell coached back in Minnesota, should add another dynamic to an offense that's expected to progress even further in 2013.

8. New Orleans Saints: Pete Carmichael

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    Pete Carmichael showed his worth to the Saints last season during the absence of Sean Payton. The Saints were second in the league in yards and third in the league in points per game.

    Under his watch, quarterback Drew Brees continued to be an effective passer and the Saints continued their typical offensive success in 2012. 

    The success has made Carmichael a household name and a likely candidate for head coaching openings in 2014.

7. Detroit Lions: Scott Linehan

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    During both the highest and lowest moments of Jim Schwartz's tenure with Detroit, there has been a common theme with the Lions offense.

    The terms "electrifying," "explosive" and "effective" come to mind.

    A big reason why is offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, who has played a major role in Matthew Stafford's development as the franchise quarterback.

    He also deserves praise for utilizing All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson to his full potential, which has resulted in the Lions producing one of the top offenses over the last few years.

6. Houston Texans: Rick Dennison

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    Rick Dennison is one of the longer tenured offensive coordinators in the NFL. He has a great deal of chemistry with head coach Gary Kubiak.

    While the Texans display talent on offense, Dennison deserves credit for his coaching of quarterback Matt Schaub. He has helped Schaub become an effective starter while in Houston, which has led to the Texans emerging as one of the teams to beat in the AFC.

5. Atlanta Falcons: Dirk Koetter

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    Dirk Koetter has gained respect as an offensive coordinator around the league as a result of his success with the Atlanta Falcons.

    He managed to accomplish a feat that his predecessors could not accomplish: creating an effective offense that can lead to success in the postseason.

    Last season, Koetter proved that his creativity with a talented offense can occur in the playoffs. The Falcons proved to have no trouble scoring points against the 49ers and Seahawks, two of the league's top defenses.

    He has returned to the Falcons despite inquiries from other teams regarding their vacant head coaching positions. It would be a surprise if the consistency doesn't continue for Koetter in 2013.

4. Cleveland Browns: Norv Turner

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    Norv Turner is well regarded around the league as a quality offensive coach, despite his previous failures as a head coach. This is due in large part to his ability to utilize talent on a roster and elevate the development of quarterbacks.

    He proved this over the majority of his time with the Chargers, where a healthy Philip Rivers led to the team emerging as one of the league's contenders.

    Now, Turner arrives in Cleveland with the Browns, where he'll be expected to work wonders with the plethora of developing young talent.

    With his role focused on the offense, it be no surprise to see Turner return to his successful roots as an offensive coordinator. 

3. New England Patriots: Josh McDaniels

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    Despite his past failures as a head coach, Josh McDaniels displays an impressive track record as an offensive coordinator.

    He returned to the New England Patriots in 2012, the franchise in which he developed into a very successful play-caller.

    During his time as the leader of the Denver Broncos, McDaniels' successful offense propelled the career of journeyman Kyle Orton. The veteran quarterback threw for nearly 4000 yards during the one season that McDaniels was coach.

    Though future Hall of Famer Tom Brady has made his time easier in New England, McDaniels has been a model of consistency as a successful play-caller in the NFL.

2. Washington Redkins: Kyle Shanahan

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    Kyle Shanahan's tenure with the Washington Redskins is a testament to his effectiveness as a young, yet successful offensive coach.

    He proved his worth while coaching veteran quarterbacks such as Rex Grossman.

    He developed into one of the elite coordinators after the first year of Robert Griffin III's development. The emergence of RGIII resulted in a division crown and a very hopeful future for Dan Snyder's franchise.

    Snyder should thank the younger Shanahan, who orchestrated an explosive offense with a rookie quarterback.

1. San Francisco 49ers: Greg Roman

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    The San Francisco 49ers have been rich with success the last two seasons, with offensive coordinator Greg Roman deserving plenty of the credit.

    In two seasons, Roman has worked wonders with unproven quarterbacks in the NFL. He aided the career of Alex Smith, who excelled for the first time in a 49ers uniform. And he continued that path of success in 2013, when former second-round pick Colin Kaepernick took over the reins.

    The results have been impressive: two NFC championships appearances the last two seasons, with one Super Bowl appearance coming last season.


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